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ALF was a sci-fi comedy series starring a puppet alien named ALF (Alien Life Form) that premiered in 1986. For years people have referenced the show, used the title character as an easter egg, and its become a strange icon of pop culture. There’s an emphasis on strange because a lot of people know of it, but few really know what it is. Surely this writer didn’t.

This week, Warner Brothers Television announced a reboot of the series. The new ALF is currently in development. It’s been discussed that the new ALF might follow the alien leaving Area 51 (where fans last left him) and interacting with the new world around him.

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Frank Herbert’s Dune has been one of the most influential science fiction novels of the past century. It has inspired, created, and been homaged in more forms than one can count. Dune is a story that finds its way into most all sects of nerd-dom This can include spawning the most iconic worms in the world, to feeding meme culture, to inspiring films and video games. Even today, games like Enter the Gungeon make spice a usable in-game item, and shows like Futurama utilize sand worms to travel across desert planets. Truly, spice has become life. In its own, special way, of course.  (more…)

Iron Fist Should Be Netflix’s Best Marvel Show

Even among the most hardcore fans of Marvel’s Netflix shows, Iron Fist ranks low. Iron Fist was rushed, and it showed in both writing and fight choreography, as well as crew preparations. But fans saw hope for the character in Defenders with the chemistry between actors Finn Jones and Mike Colter who play Danny Rand, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, respectively. Still, the character fell short of fan expectations. That is until Danny showed up for an episode of Luke Cage. Finally, fans saw an Iron Fist they could root for. A more grounded character. But what was still missing from the character, and will Iron Fist Season 2 give it to us?

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Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft is about to begin its 7th expansion. “WoW killers” came and went, and while it’s numbers aren’t what they once were, Warcraft remains the top MMORPG, with millions subscribed monthly. While you can now purchase game time with (hundreds of thousands) of in-game gold, most still opt to pay their monthly fee. So what does the near future hold for the game? How is Blizzard gearing players up during War of Thorns, their pre-patch event?

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A lot of adult nerds grew up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A lot of us matured and changed right along with Buffy and her cohorts. We experienced love and loss that was mirrored in the series. Rewatches garner different points of view as we grow older, seeing characters and perspectives differently than before. So the idea of rebooting that can be daunting for those who care for the show. But showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen puts us at ease with a single tweet. How does the showrunner feel about the original versus the new show?

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Star Wars has always been a bit of a divisive franchise. With so many fans devoted to the original trilogy, additions to the narrative leave them a bit prickly. Most new Star Wars stories get a fair amount of hate. However, one franchise was different. One franchise was almost universally accepted by lovers of the Star Wars universe.

That franchise was the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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DC Comics have shaped so much of nerd culture during their tenure as superhero kings. Their comic books have shaped dreams, inspired heroes, and sparked imaginations. Their animated series have left fans in wonder, have created iconic characters, and connected superheroes to viewers outside of their normal audiences. DC has created some of the most memorable heroes to ever exist: Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman.

This year at the San Diego Comic Con, DC revealed several new productions about their superheroes. Fans marveled at all the upcoming projects. The company showed trailers for two films, Aquaman and Shazam, one live action series, Titans, and the continuation of their animated series, Young Justice: Outsiders.

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SDCC 2018: TV Trailers Overflow at Comic Con

Comic Con is often remembered for the big panels in Hall H, the massive studio presence by companies like Marvel, and the fans.  When Marvel announced they would not have the usual massive presence many worried that the behemoth that is SDCC might be slowing down in its old age (next year the con turns 50).  Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Along with news of tentpole films like Aquaman, WonderWoman84, and Godzilla King of Monsters there were also a lot of great new trailers for shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek: Discovery, and the Walking Dead franchise.

Sometimes those big reveals overshadow some other shows worthy of attention.

Here are a just a few of the TV trailers that premiered over the weekend.

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A decade ago, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, made some offensive tweets and ran an offensive blog. About 6 years ago, he was called out on it by Tumblr users and The Mary Sue. This week the internet dragged it all back up. This time, the outcry was bigger. This time, despite already apologizing some years ago, actively working towards being a better person, his past bit Gunn in the ass – big time. What started the 2nd Coming of his offensive tweets? What fate did Gunn meet and how did he meet it? 

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CBS All Access has debuted the action-packed official trailer for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery following the panel for the series at Comic Con.

The trailer features the return of Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and introduced a new alien character named Linus, while showing us a few other new cast members.

We also got a first look at some snazzy new Starfleet crew uniforms that look very familiar.

Showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirms we will be seeing Spock in the new season which will have a ‘family’ theme unlike the war theme of the first season.

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